Rip/Burn

Merge video files with one DOS command

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One problem with low-cost digital set-top boxes (STBs) that can record digital TV to external storage is that they invariably only support the FAT32 file system. That means the maximum file size you can get, even in theory, is only 4GB. If you’re capturing 1080i (1440×1080-pixel) video, it doesn’t take long to go through 4GB of storage – about half… Read more

Fast backup your AVCHD camcorder video to DVD

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Darren Yates shows you how to backup AVCHD camcorder footage onto a DVD-R disc and play it in any AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray player.
AVCHD camcorders are everywhere thanks to the likes of Panasonic, Sony and Canon. They capture full HD (1080p) video to a special Blu-ray style format on the camera’s storage. But what’s brilliant about this format is that it… Read more

How to use CDs and DVDs on a disc-less PC

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Darren Yates looks at how to turn your discs into ISO images for play on your netbook or ultrabook.
Optical disc drives have been steadily becoming more like “optional disc drives” over the last few years as first netbooks and now ultrabooks hit the market without them. But plenty of disc-based software is still used. One way to install disc-based… Read more